Herbie Hancock, The Chakachas, Atomic Rooster, Mahavishnu Orchestra and the Boy Erased soundtrack
It's time to put the spotlight on Herbie Hancock, one of the most prolific jazz pianists of the 20th century. Fat Albert Rotunda is his venture into jazz-funk, centered around the music Hancock wrote the Fat Albert cartoon show. It's is a unique item in Herbie Hancock's long and diverse catalog. Mwandishi is one of his first departures from his traditional jazz sounds. The album, which was recorded in a single session on New Year's Eve, is a much more electronic effort compared to his earlier works. It was one step forward into the future of jazz. Crossings is the second album in the experimental sextet trilogy Herbie released in the early 1970s. His electronic movements are further explored and the whole sound comes alive in the three long tracks on this record. Over forty years later this album still sounds incredibly ahead of its time.
The Belgian based group of The Chakachas are best remembered for their disco single hit "Jungle Fever". The same-titled album is a revelation of Latin funk, with horns playing against groovy rhythms and some incredible vocals. Jungle Fever is a classic which should be included in every collection of funk and Latin music. The album is available as a limited first pressing of 1.000 individually numbered copies on “jungle” green vinyl. The last album by the classic Atomic Rooster line-up Nice 'n greasy takes the formula of its predecessor. It's another successful chapter in their impressive catalogue, which find Johnny Mandela exceling as the new guitarist. The second line-up of the multinational jazz-rock fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra recorded their 1974 album Apocalypse together with the London Symphony Orchestra. George Martin was responsible for producing the blend of jazz fusion and progressive rock.
Soundtrack lovers get ready for the score Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans recorded to the movie Boy Erased. The film featuring original songs by Jónsi (Sigur Rós) and Troye Sivan. Boy Erased is a 2018 American coming-of-age drama film based on Garrard Conley's 2016 memoir of the same name. In scoring the music, Danny and Saunder decided early on that following main character Jared's emotional journey was the key to creating a poignant and beautiful score. The vinyl package contains a 4-page booklet and exclusive poster. The release is available as a limited edition of 2.000 individually numbered copies on transparent vinyl and you'll find secret inscriptions in the run-out groove.
Mwandishi is one of Herbie Hancock's first departures from his traditional jazz sounds. The music on Mwandishi is beautifully atmospheric and the long tracks leave plenty of space for improvisations by the group. A fantastic recording with sonic layers of earth, existence and expression.
The Chakachas are best remembered for their disco single hit "Jungle Fever". The album by the same name is a revelation of Latin funk, with horns playing against groovy rhythms and some fine vocal work. This album is characterized by its versatile percussion, consisting of maracas, congas and drums, and funky guitar riffs and horns.
Fat Albert Rotunda is the venture into jazz-funk by keyboardist Herbie Hancock. Fat Albert Rotunda is a unique item in Herbie Hancock's long and diverse catalog, with funky tracks like "Fat Mama" and modern jazz-oriented tunes like "Tell Me A Bedtime Story". The sextet which is backing Hancock consists of some of the most prominent musicians of that time, like Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Johnny Coles on trumpet and Buster Williams on the bass.
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